British Values

Schools are legally bound to actively promote the fundamental British Values through the curriculum.

British Values are:

OFSTED Version DfE Version
Democracy Respect for democracy and support for
participation in the democratic process
The Rule of Law Respect for the basis on which the
law is made and applies in England
  Support for equality of opportunity
for all
Individual Liberty Support and respect for the liberties of
individuals within the law
Mutual respect and tolerance of those
with different faiths and beliefs
Respect for and tolerance of different faiths
and religious and other beliefs


British Values at Castlecombe


  • We aim to provide pupils with a broad general knowledge and promote respect
  • We aim to teach pupils how they can influence decision making through the democratic process
  • We aim to give our children information on the advantages and disadvantages of democracy and how it works in Britain
  • We aim to encourage all pupils to become involved in decision making and ensure they are listened to in school
  • We aim to organise visits to develop this area
  • We aim to hold elections so pupils learn how to argue and defend points of view
  • We aim to teach all children to express their view
  • We aim to teach pupils how public services operate and how they are held to account

Rule of Law

  • We aim to ensure all children know the school rules and expectations
  • We aim to make school rules and expectations clear and fair to all
  • We aim to help pupils distinguish between right and wrong
  • We aim to teach pupils about the law, to have respect for the law and the reasons we have the law
  • We aim to teach pupils that the law helps to protect us
  • We aim to work with our local Police officers within school
  • We aim to teach pupils about civil and criminal law and discuss how this may differ from Religious laws
  • We aim to demonstrate a fair approach and resolving conflicts

Individual Liberty

  • We aim to support pupils to develop their self esteem, self confidence and self knowledge
  • We aim to encourage all pupils to take responsibility for their actions
  • We aim to allow and encourage children to express their views
  • We aim to challenge stereotypes
  • We aim to ensure we have a strong anti – bullying culture that all children are aware of and follow
  • We aim to promote e-safety

Respect and Tolerance

  • We aim to promote respect for all individuals
  • We aim to help pupils develop an understanding and respect their own and others' cultures
  • We aim to organise visits to places of worship
  • We aim to challenge unacceptable behaviour
  • We aim to develop links with faith communities
  • We aim to develop personal thinking skills
  • We aim to discuss differences between people